The Clarkstown Police Department is investigating an undisclosed number of residential burglaries in New City and Nanuet. The department has an active investigation in progress and released few details about the break-ins at private homes. According to police, there is no cluster or specific neighborhood where the burglaries have taken place; they have been spread out in different parts of New City and Nanuet.
“We haven’t had a lot of burglaries lately (so) to have a rash in the past week is out of the ordinary,” said Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni.
Jewelry and cash have been taken during the burglaries, most of which have occurred while people were at work. All of the homes were forcibly entered. Sgt. Fratianni would not say if the department believes there is a connection between the burglaries.
“I would say most of the burglaries have taken place during normal business hours,” she said.
Police remind residents to follow some basic steps when leaving their home in order to protect it.
- Lock all windows and doors.
- Exterior doors should be solid and have a double dead bolt lock.
- Never leave the house and property completely dark.
- Place interior lights on timers and install exterior security lights.
- Trim hedges or bushes so doors and windows can be clearly seen.
- Activate burglar alarms when leaving.
- Hide valuables including cash and jewelry.
- Contact police immediately if your home is burglarized. Do not touch anything and wait outside for the police to arrive.
Clarkstown Police urge residents to be more aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious vehicles or people.
“The community is our eyes and ears,” said Fratianni.
Anyone with information about these burglaries should contact the Clarkstown Police Department at 845-639-5800 or the TIPS line at 1-877-639-6233.